ARTISTIC EDGE 15 DIGITAL CUTTER AND SIMPLE CUT SOFTWARE

Kim Jamieson-Hirst of Chatterbox Quilts (www.chatterboxquilts.com) is a Janome artisan and YouTube creator sharing quilting and fabric information each week on her channel (www.youtube.com/chatterboxquilter). For more information, and education, join the Chatterbox Quilts’ Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/ChatterboxQuilts/.

Last month (see janomelife 22 February)  Kim created a simple spring appliqué project using the Janome Artistic Edge 15 Digital cutter and the Memory Craft 500E. The appliqué pieces were cut using the Janome Artistic Edge and then their edges were finished using the Janome Memory Craft 500E.

Here’s a more detailed look at how she created that project using the SimpleCut software that is included with the Janome Artistic Edge 15 digital cutter.
When doing a project like this, you need to create three files:
1. The original file
2. A cut file for use with the Janome Artistic Edge 15 Digital cutter
3. An embroidery file for use with the Janome Memory Craft 500E or other embroidery machine.
I started by creating my original file. To do this, I created a new file and, under “Tools”, chose “Insert Symbol”.

Under “Wingdings” I chose a flower design and clicked “Insert”. Psst! You can actually find interesting designs in the Symbols area, so take a look there for design inspiration.

I dragged my cursor out to create the desired size of my first flower. After closing the “Insert Symbol” menu, I copied this flower and pasted it two more times into my project for a total of three identical flowers. To make things a bit more interesting, I adjusted the width of one flower and the length of another.

I selected a flower, chose a colour fill for it from the “Palette” menu and then repeated this process, using a different colour, for each of the flowers. I moved them around until I was satisfied with my design. I selected all of the flowers and added an outline around each of them (I chose black to keep it simple). Shapes need to have an outline around them so you can add stitches to them: no outline, no stitches!

In the fill area (bucket icon) in Object Properties, I checked “Appliqué” and “Fabric Trim” in which area I chose “Pre-cut”.

I then selected the “Cutter presets” based on the type of fabric preparation I was going to use (Fabric backed with Fusible Webbing).

Once I decided on the final design, I saved the file by an easily recognizable name and this was my original file. I then needed to create the cut file to use with the Janome Artistic Edge so that it could cut out the flower shapes.
I created the cut file by opening the original file and saving it as the same name with the addition of the word “cut”. For this file I chose “Cut” under the Outline area in Object Properties. The Cutter presets remained the same as my original file.

To create the embroidery file which would be exported via USB memory stick to the Janome Memory Craft 500E, I saved the original file again with the addition of the word “embroidery” or “emb”. Rather than choosing “Cut” under the Outline area in Object Properties, I selected the desired appliqué shape and then chose one of the hundreds of stitches available in the Running Stitch or Satin Stitch categories for that shape.

For this project I chose different stitches for each of the appliqué shapes. Once I was satisfied with my stitch selections, I saved this embroidery file in a *JEF format (the Janome embroidery format) in the “Save as type” area.

I used the “Cut” file to cut out all the appliqué shapes on my Janome Artistic Edge. I uploaded the “Embroidery” file to the Janome Memory Craft 500E and stitched out the appliqué outlines, which showed me where to fuse the appliqué shapes. I was then able to “ask” the Janome 500E to finish he appliqué edges with the pre-determined stitches. The ability of the Janome Memory Craft 500E to adjust the needle position by teeny, tiny jumps was really helpful in positioning the needle exactly where I wanted the stitches to be placed on the appliqué pieces. I decided to use white thread for all of the stitching, which kept thread changes to a minimum (none at all!) and was really pleased by the final outcome.
While the project is now in an embroidery hoop – a hand one, not a machine one – I can always take it out, add some borders, and make it into a mini quilt.

I’ll then be able to quilt this project on my Janome Horizon Memory Craft 8900 QCP in no time. Loving how all my Janome machines work in perfect harmony!
Kim Jamieson-Hirst

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NOW HERE’S AN INNOVATIVE USE OF JANOME ACUFIL QUILTING…….

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Many of you will know Linda from our Janome Canada Toronto office and The Shopping Channel. Linda is now running The Sewing Cafe full time together with her partner, Anna. Lucky for us, she made this great Acufil quilting sample before she recently moved on to concentrate on her store.

Now, I know, it does not look much like a quilt, but I can tell you……it is just as warm & toasty as a quilt. I discovered this recently when I left my coat at a dealer’s store on Vancouver Island and then got freezing cold on the ferry traveling back to Vancouver when I needed my coat and realized it was not with me. Ugh!  However, I remembered this jacket Linda had made and pulled it out of one of the roller totes of samples I had in the trunk of my car. Instant warmth……. sigh with relief!  Thank you Linda for saving me from hypothermia as well as for making this great sample!

So what Linda appears to have done is fuse or glue a layer of plaid flannel to a layer of fleece and then acufil quilting the yardage. She then cut out the pattern pieces and sewed it all up into the jacket/thick shirt.

So what Linda appears to have done is fuse or glue a layer of plaid flannel to a layer of fleece and then covered the yardage edge to edge with  acufil quilting  – just the same as you would do if you were quilting a quilt.  She then cut out the pattern pieces from this quilted yardage and sewed it all up into the jacket/thick shirt.

Linda chose to use all over stippling for the Acufil quilting on this project but this is only 1 part of Acufil quilting. You can pretty much use any digitized quilting design that floats your boat…….are the wheels turning in your imagination?? SEW much we can do if we think out of the box.

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Nice detail of fleece under the collar

Inside seams were serged to neaten.

Inside seams were serged to neaten.

I did not think of using Acufil Quilting in this way at all. Did you? I thought I would share this with you as it is so unique and mighty warm too – much appreciated in this crazy snowy winter Vancouver has been having.

Want to know more about what Janome Acufil Quilting is?

 

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ALMOST TIME FOR THE ABBOTSFORD SEWING SHOW – YAY!!!

The sewing show in Abbotsford is almsot upon us.  And it has a name change too: It is now called the CREATIV FESTIVAL WEST 

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It is all about sergers in my classes this year in Abbotsford! 1100d-01 2000cpx-01

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I will be spening most of my time on our Janome booth where I will be happy to answer your many and varied questions as well as show you why Janome is such a top selling brand!  Langley Vacuum & Sewing, Toms Sewing Machines and Toews Music & Sewing will be on the booth as well as myself + Yvonne Menear, our new Janome Educator.  Please come visit us just inside the main entrance and to the right on the show floor.

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I will be focussing on our Janome embroidery models on the booth - come an see what I am busy with!

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SEW MUCH GOING ON AT THE CREATIV FESTIVAL WEST IN ABBOTSFORD  ……….DONT MISS IT!! SEE YOU THERE NEXT WEEKEND 24TH & 25TH  MARCH AT TRADEX, CORNELL ST, ABBOTSFORD.  

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JANOME DIGITIZER MBX V5.0P : CIRCLES

To differentiate the following functions of the V5 of Janome Digitizer MBX, here are two simple exercises to practice.

In the Toolbox, there is the < layout > tab and on the menu drop-down is:

  • Arrangement of circle : duplicate objects selected around a central point.
  • Copy in a circle : Automatically create copies of selected items around the center of the workspace.
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For these two exercises,  we will use a design built into the Digitizer MBX V5.0P

Here is how to do the exercise with ‘Circle Layout’ function:

  1. Select the pattern ‘soniaFineLinensCorner – SS.EMB’

2 Hide the hoop by clicking the appropriate icon

3 Ungroup > remove the yellow and purple straight stitching lines

4 Select the pattern > Edit all > Group

5 Reduce the size by 20%

6 Click on layout >  specify the number of duplications required in the toolbar

7 Move the mouse to position the designs both horizontally and vertically.  ‘Do you want to merge objects that overlap?’ > Click  YES

8 Select the largest embroidery hoop > example SQ23

9 Adjust the size > rotate if necessary > Auto Center the design.

10 Output the drawing > save according to your machine model and hoop.

11 Choice: Save drawing under (EMB) or export drawing (JEF)

12 Capture the image of the drawing > OK

13 File > print preview > print it now

14 The edited design  is now ready to be embroidered.

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Here is how to do the second exercise:  ‘copy in a circle’:

  1. Select the pattern ‘soniaFineLinensCorner – SS.EMB’

2 Hide the hoop by clicking the appropriate icon

3 Ungroup > remove the yellow and purple straight lines

4 Select the design > edit select all >  group

5 Display > work area >circle layout

6 Set (metric) workspace > Rectangle: width 228 X height 298  > OK

7 Rotate  right 45º > resize – 10% smaller > position design down to the center of the green rectangle 3

 

 

 

8.Duplicate 8 circles < ‘Do you want to merge objects overlapping’ > YES  4

 

 

9. Adjust the size of the two sides so that they are completely in the green space that represents the GR hoop (as in this photo)5

 

10. Output the drawing > save depending on themodel and hoop of your machine

11. Choice: Save the drawing under (EMB) or export drawing (JEF)

12.  Capture image of drawing  > OK

13 File > print preview > print now

14. Edited design is now ready to be embroidered.

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Duplicated into 8 circles

 

Practice makes perfect!

Thank you to Celine for this post on Vie Janome which we translated and edited for janomelife.

 

 

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Why do you sew?

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I know I’ve explored this topic before but it’s a question I find I ask a lot, both myself and of others. Why do you sew? What motivates you to create out of fabric and thread?

Are you practical and sew out of need? Do you sew mainly for yourself? Or mainly for others? Does it fill a creative outlet? An emotional outlet?

When I think about what motivates me to sew, I think my need for a creative outlet comes from wanting to fulfilling an emotional need. I’m practical at times (I’ll make a blanket to keep you warm, dresses for special occasions), but also have a need to help and offer support in some way through my creative process. Increasingly, I find a lot of my recent projects are cathartic; they help me move through a difficult time.

A recent newsletter from my local Janome dealer in Winnipeg, KTR Sewing, really drove this point home to me. The newsletter spoke of local quilter, Cora Kennedy, who had taken it upon herself to make lap quilts to warm others who were shivering while undergoing chemotherapy treatments (she discovered the need for this while also undergoing her own treatments). Cora started out with a goal of making 100 lap quilts, then 200, then 300 and by the end of 4 years had reached all the way to 824 lap quilts before she went to be with angels.

Cora’s ultimate goal was to complete 1,000 quilts for all Cancer Care clients as a comforting gift to take home with them afterwards. KTR Sewing, along with their many  customers and friends, took on the challenge to complete her goal by making up the remaining 176 quilts. In this recent newsletter, it was announced that Cora’s goal had finally been met with the 3rd and final delivery of lap quilts this past Friday of 70 quilts!

What an amazing gift and legacy.

My own initiatives are no where near as far-reaching but feel meaningful and symbolic to my need to reach out, to help, to offer comfort and support. dscf3274

If you know me a little, or have stopped by my blog, you’ll know that I’m also a bit of a crazy Basset Hound lady. My network and involvement in the basset hound world, dog shows, and basset hound rescue has allowed me to form some really close relationships with humans and hounds alike.

We laugh with one another over the funny quirks and personalities of our four legged friends, and we support and cry with one another when we experience illness and loss.

Just recently, one of the ways I’ve worked on moving through this pain that I’ve experienced when there are these times of loss is by creating personal memory wall quilts to commemorate the life and loss of our dear companions.

Part of me grieves with my friends when they experience these losses and so there are often tears shed as I work through these quilts. My other part of wanting to do this is to honour these dear souls and all the joy they have brought to their families.

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I just finished this one for a dear friend who rescued Cid, a one-of-a-kind hound who’s circumstance and requirement for some special care made him larger than life to all those who knew him.

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This is the first time I’m used a technique of printing on fabric. Yes, that is an actual photo of Cid that was printed on white fabric on my inkjet printer and then appliquéd onto the wall quilt. I’m so in love with this photo that really showcases Cid’s personality.

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My hope is that the recipient, my friend Leslie, who doesn’t know or expect that this is coming in any way, will smile when she receives this and remember all the wonderful memories she enjoyed with Cid over the years.

I have really appreciated Janome Educator Liz’s applique techniques that she has shared on the Janome Life blog over the last few months. I have been following these posts along closely and as a result I’ve switched to using a new foot for applique (as I mentioned in last month’s blog post) and I think it’s resulted in a much nicer (and easier finish).

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I toyed around with a few different ideas. Generally my go-to for finishing binding is to hand sew. But that’s mostly because I like a nice clean finished edge on quilts that will be used.

Wall quilts have a different expectation. They are hung on the wall and admired. And unless it’s in a quilt show, I’m hoping not too many people are flipping the corner over to see how the quilter finished the binding on the back (ha!! Maybe you DO do this??).

I also really am trying to use more of the stitches that are available on my Janome Skyline S7. I tried playing with quilting Cid’s name to tack down the binding but felt that might be too busy. In the end, picking up on the love I have for Cid and this family, I went with a heart stitch, which I adore.

This labour of love is ready to get in the mail.

So why do you sew? What motivates you? What sewing project are you currently working on?

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PROJECT IDEA: DRAWSTRING TRAVEL JEWELRY CASE

I have had one of these useful little jewelry keepers for many, many years. My late cousin (who I remember very fondly) made one for me as a gift and I have had it since before I emigrated to Canada.  So you can imagine how interested I was back in November at our Christmas Janome Club party evening at Langley Vacuum & Sewing when Donna Mae showed her version of this same type of little pouch. She had made a whole bunch of them – as she regularly does with her sewing projects:  for gifts and charity sewing. GREAT for storing your rings, earrings and necklaces, etc – use a different little pocket for the various items and store bigger items in the centre. It is a lovely little pouch which is light and small enough for traveling.

She promised to write up the instructions so that I could share these with you on janomelife.  Thank you Donna Mae. Here goes:

Supplies: 

  • 2 pieces of 1/4 or 3/8 inch cording about 50 inches long
  • 1 fat quarter of print fabric & equivalent size of soft satin or silk (can be poly blend) coordinating colour for the inside.
  • Thread to match
  • Options for the Janome foot to use: Janome A foot for general sewing; Acufeed Flex foot or Even Feed (or Walking) foot; OR HP foot and HP needle plate currently only available on the incredible Janome MC9400 – which is absolutely amazing for sewing straight stitching at speed and on curves……you gotta try it to see what I mean – seriously! See pic below.

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  • Pregathered lace – sufficient to go around the circumference of the larger circle.
  • For a firm bottom to the bag, cut a 3,5 inch circle in plastic – a sour cream or cottage cheese lid works just great!
  • Fray check

Instructions for sewing:

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  • From both fabrics cut  one 13,5 inch and one 8,5 inch circle = 4 circles.
  • On the large print fabric circle, sew pre-gathered lace (1/2 or 3/4 inch wide) all around.  Suggestion: zig-zag this with a small zig – zag (SW2 & SL2) on the edge of the circle with the lace facing towards the centre of the circle.

This shows the outside of the pouch with the lace sandwiched between the 2 circles of fabric and the draw strings – instructions further down.

  • On the silk or satin lining (of both sets of circles), fold in half & then in half again and mark a cross. Then cut  1.5 – 2 inch cross in the centre of each. This will enable you to turn the circles right side out after you sew the print & satin/silk lining together.
  • Sew the circles together with 1/4 inch seam all around. Do this for both the sets of circles. Each set has a print fabric side and lining fabric side. Donna Mae used Roxanne’s basting glue to hold the circles together for a smooth seam – she says to be sure to tuck the lace inside of the large circle so that when you turn the circle, the lace will be on the edge.
  • Turn the circles right side out & press. You will have a 13 inch and an 8 inch circle – both double layer of fabric. Only the larger circle has lace. The inner/smaller circle has a flat edge which you may top stitch if you prefer.

This shows the 2 circles positioned, stitched in place and the channel or casing for the drawstrings

  • Place the 3.5 inch plastic circle in the centre of the large circle and glue in place.
  • Then place the smaller fabric circle over the plastic and glue this in place as well. Let the glue dry.
  • Stitch around the plastic through both circles (4 layers of fabric) by feeling the edge of the plastic with your finger as you sew.
  • To make pockets on the small circle, divide the space from the plastic centre outwards into 8 equal spaces and stitch with a smallish straight stitch – suggestion 1.8 or 2mm. Back stitch at the edge of the pocket to secure the “tops” of the pockets.
  • To make slots for the drawstrings: Measure down 1 inch from the edge on the large, lace edged circle and mark all the way around the circle.
  • Sew a straight stitch using our Janome Foot A or Acufeed Flex or Janome even feed(walking foot )- 3 options on this marking.
  • Measure down 1/2 inch and mark & sew this too as above.
  • You have now made a channel or casing for your cording/drawstrings.
  • On the print side fabric, cut a little 1/4 inch slit in the casing/channel and fray check the edges of the slit.
  • Repeat this half way around the circle.
  • Thread one cord through the one slit and have it come through the same hole. Tie the ends.
  • Repeat with a second piece of cord threading it in & out of the other slit.
  • If you pull the drawstrings you should have a pouch that looks like a flower!

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SHOUT OUT FOR A CANADIAN QUILTING MAGAZINE: QUILTERS CONNECTION

Please note that you will not find the big yellow bubble on the front coverof this magazine. We added that to draw your attention to an article inside!

Please note that you will not find the big yellow bubble on the front cover of this magazine. We added that to draw your attention to an article inside (+ to cover the address label I unsuccessfully tried to remove?!)

I was eagerly awaiting this issue of Quilter’s Connection magazine as I knew there was an article on Ruler quilting in it – written by my friend, Amy Kraan, who I met at Langley Vacuum and Sewing some time back. She is a loyal Janome owner and has very graciously shared some of her ruler quilting expertise with me. When she brings things she has made to Show & Tell at Langley Vacuum & Sewing’s quarterly Janome Club,  we are all amazed at how beautiful her work is. Stunning quilting.  So we here at Janome Canada were very happy to suggest Amy offer her expertise to Quilter’s Connection magazine readers.  Thank you, Heather, for publishing this great Ruler Quilting information in this issue of your magazine.

SO – this is a shout out to Quilter’s Connection magazine as well as to Amy who is incredibly modest.  I obviously cannot share the article with you as that would be breaking copyright but you are more than welcome to visit Quilter’s Connection  website (noted on the bottom right corner of the cover pic above). Perhaps you would like to subscribe to the mag like I do and have a nice surprize in your mailbox every few months?

Also in this magazine is a Mystery Table runner project designed by Janet Barker to follow along with and make to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday. Janome Canada donated the set of Tamara Kate (typo in the mag) sewing luggage featured on page 19 of this issue of Quilter’s Connection with it’s so very cute little embroidered bicycle on each of the 3 pieces that is up for grabs in this contest. We featured this sewing luggage in a recent post.

Will you be rushing out to buy your Quilters Connection magazine? Or subscribing to make sure you don’t miss future issues?

Aside from this issue of the above magazine, we have offered numerous posts on janomelife blog about Ruler Quilting. If you missed these or wish to review, just type ruler quilting in the search box and you will get a list of all the posts we have published on this topic. 

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ALMOST TIME FOR THE VICTORIA SEWING SHOW – YAY!

Yay indeed! And there has been a name change: the Victoria Sewing show is now called Creativ Festival West. And it is eagerly awaited as this show is held once every 2 years and THIS is the year!

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Snip and Stitch Sewing Centre in Nanaimo will have their own booth at the show and will be selling selected JANOME SERGERS on this booth. Snip and Stitch are also doing a fashion show featuring JALIE patterns........I will be modelling some of the great outfits I have made with these patterns together with all the other lovely garments the Snip and Stitch girtls have been sewing.

Snip and Stitch Sewing Centre in Nanaimo will have their own booth at the show and will be selling selected JANOME SERGERS on this booth. Snip and Stitch are also doing a fashion show featuring JALIE patterns.…….I will be modelling some of the great outfits I have made with these patterns together with all the other lovely garments the Snip and Stitch girtls have been sewing.

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I will be spending most of my time at the show on the Sawyers Sewing Centre Janome booth – just inside the main entrance to the show so do come visit us there and see what we have been up to and can show you. I will be focussing on sergers and embroidery machines but please bring your many and varied questions and I will be happy to try to answer those for you. Look forward to seeing you all again!

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I will be focussing on our Janome embroidery models on the booth - come an see what I am busy with!

I will be focussing on our Janome embroidery models on the booth – come an see what I am busy with!

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I wont be teaching classes at Victoria show this year but Cathy Martino is and you should definaitely not miss out on one of her classes! There may be some space elft though last I heard they were almsot fully booked.

I won’t be teaching classes at Victoria show this year but Cathy Martino is and you should definitely not miss out on one of her classes! There may be some space left though last I heard they were almost fully booked.

 

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EYE CANDY FROM TALENTED JANOME PEOPLE at SNIP and STITCH SEWING CENTRE

I wanted to share these great show & tell projects from Janome customers at SNIP AND STITCH SEWING CENTRE in Nanaimo, BC.  I know how talented so many of our  Janome customers are…….you have shown me over & over the wonderful projects and creativity you have. I celebrate you all…….well done!

Barb showing her lovely poinsetta table runner

Barb showing her lovely poinsetta table runner

Stephanie made this: The redwork is from a pattern that she bought at the Mississippi Textile Museum in Almonte Ontario. She autodigitized it with Janome Digitizer years . ago. Great patriotic tribute to our beautiful country - specifically fr this 150th anniversary

Stephanie made this: The redwork is from a pattern that she bought at the Mississippi Textile Museum in Almonte Ontario. She autodigitized it with Janome Digitizer years ago. Great patriotic tribute to our beautiful country – specifically for this 150th anniversary

Tammy hiding behind her lovely heart table runner

Tammy hiding behind her lovely heart table runner made with patriotic Canadian fabric

One of the lovely slab blocks for the Big Canadian Quilt Bee. Snip and Stitch held a wonderful sewing/quilting day at the store to make blocks. Note the decorative stitching on the paler yellow strips.....we all thought that added something unique to the quilt top.

One of the lovely slab blocks for the Big Canadian Quilt Bee. Snip and Stitch held a wonderful sewing/quilting day at the store to make blocks. Note the decorative stitching on the paler yellow strips…..we all thought that added something unique to the quilt top.

Check out this website for more information about how you can be involved in our BIG CANADIAN QUILT BEE. 

 

Isn't this lovely? All made from jelly roll strips

Isn’t this lovely? All made from jelly roll strips

Gerri was explaining how she made her set of bags

Gerri was explaining how she made her set of bags

And she showed her useful wallet too.

And she showed her useful wallet too.

Isnt this a fun modern quilt complete with elephant?!

Isn’t this a fun modern quilt complete with elephant?! Thanks for the show & share, Marlene

This got lots of oohs and aahs .....all machine embroidered blocks.

This got lots of oohs and aahs …..all machine embroidered blocks.

So did this one get oohs aaahs......Doris used the tiled embroidery collection from www.janome-embroidery.cim to make this Dashing through the snow mural. Each block and the border is machine embroidered and then cleverly sewed together for the tiled/window pane scene. Stunning!

So did this one get oohs aaahs……Doris used the tiled embroidery collection from http://www.janome-embroidery.com to make this Dashing through the snow mural. Each block and the border is machine embroidered and then cleverly sewed together for the tiled/window pane scene. Stunning!

Shirley showing her table runner - lovely modern feel to the design

Shirley showing her table runner – lovely modern feel to the design. Many of us liked the grey and yellow colour choices.

And another lovely table runner from Shirley

And another lovely table runner from Shirley

 

Another great bag. Close up in the next pic.

Another great bag. Close up in the next pic.

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They call me “the energizer bunny” when I visit this store ……..well clearly I am not the only one as these Janome customers sure have been working flat out to produce this and many other wonderful projects. I wish I could have shown them all!

My apologies if I did not get all your names or made any errors…..drop me a note in the comment box and I will fix that.
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APPLIQUE – THE EASY ARTISTIC EDGE AND JANOME WAY

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Kim Jamieson-Hirst has a neat explanation of cutting and embroidering applique spring flowers  for you all today: this was all done on the Artistic Edge 15 Digital Cutter and Janome Mc500E embroidery machine. However, the same applique-in-the-hoop technique is applicable to any of our Janome Embroidery machines. Enjoy!

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I decided to use the Janome Artistic Edge cutter and the Memory Craft 500E to make a spring-like appliqué project. To keep things simple, I decided to use a design that was already in the SimpleCut software (included with the Janome Artistic Edge 15 Digital cutter ), rather than creating my own. I created a new project, chose a flower design that I found in the symbols area in the SimpleCut software, and copied and pasted three of these flowers. I adjusted the size of each of them, so they would be slightly different, before arranging them in a pleasing design.

Then came the creative part! I filled in the flowers with colours to represent the fabrics I’d chosen so I could see the final result. These appliquéd flowers would have decorative stitching around their edges , courtesy of the Janome Memory Craft 500E.

I had lots of fun choosing different stitches for each flower.

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When the design was complete, I cut out the flowers and their centres using the Janome Artistic Edge 15 Digital cutter.

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janomelife-feb-2017-4 The ability to move the Artistic Edge 15’s cutting blade to exactly where I wanted to start cutting eliminated wasted fabric. The red laser pointer is a fabulous tool built into this amazing Digital cutter!

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I was amazed at the precision of the cuts, especially on the intricate flower centres.

I downloaded the embroidery file to my USB memory stick and uploaded it into the Janome Memory Craft 500E and was ready to start stitching.

I really like how the Janome Memory Craft 500E stitches an outline for your appliqué shape (placement line), which allowed me to place the perfectly cut appliqué pieces in exactly the right positions on my background fabric. I did a trial run on a fabric scrap just to be sure everything was going to stitch out the way I wanted on the “real” background.

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After fusing the appliqué shapes down, the Janome Memory Craft 500E did a fantastic job of finishing the edges of the appliqué pieces with all those elaborate – and small – stitches.

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I took the finished project out of the machine embroidery hoop and popped it into a wooden embroidery hoop  –  it was ready to hang.

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It’s starting to feel a little more like spring in my house now .

 Kim Jamieson-Hirst

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